Fall 2017 - Science & Math colloquia

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Bioclimatic Design: The Science of Sustainable Dwellings

Professor: Alexandra Rempel

4 credits

•  CRN 16563: Monday & Wednesday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ GER 248

How did people design their shelters for thermal comfort, and even thermal delight, before fossil fuels made mechanical heating and cooling possible? This course explores the world’s climates and biomes, focusing on indigenous buildings that were developed by centuries of experimentation and innovation. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Cosmology

Professor: James Schombert

4 credits

•  CRN 12810: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 – 09:50 @ LAWRENCE 222

This course is a historical and philosophical review of our cosmological worldview from mythical times to modern science. We explore topics in the geometry of the Universe, expanding spacetime and the Big Bang, dark matter, black holes and wormholes, quarks and mesons, galaxies and quantum physics. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Current Bio-Medical Research Topics, OHSU

Professor: Melissa Graboyes

4 credits

•  CRN 12808: Thursday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ ESL 193

This unique colloquium partners with faculty and graduate student researchers at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) to investigate several current research topics in medicine and global public health. Our foundation will be historical, global, and medical. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Geometry with a Taste of its History

Professor: Shlomo Libeskind

4 credits

•  CRN 12809: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ GSH 131

The seminar explores the development of geometry through the ages – from its practical origins through its deductive emphasis in ancient Greece, to Descartes’ invention of coordinate approach and the discovery of non-Euclidean Geometry in the early part of the 19th century. We explore the historical aspects, in part through viewing beautifully presented short video lectures from the Great Courses Company. Read More

Fall 2017 HC 441H: Relativity, the Quantum, and Reality

Professor: Michael Kellman

4 credits

•  CRN 12807: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 09:00 – 09:50 @ GSH 103

We will explore the profound conceptual challenges in thinking about nature brought about by two of the great revolutions in science of the twentieth century: special relativity and quantum mechanics. We will first explore each of these theories at a deep but simple level, using elementary examples. We will then explore the extremely strange things that happen when we try to put these theories together. Read More